Sativa vs. Indica: The Best Strains for Stress

ndica and sativa cannabis plant leaves

For most people, everyday life brings stress, even at the best of times. Plenty of cannabis users enjoy using it to unwind and reward themselves after a long day. When you’re looking for a calming effect, try using some of these cannabis strains to help you enjoy the moment.

Effects of Indica Strains

When it comes to indica and sativa, the differences are not just in their effects but also in how the plants look and grow. Indica strains of marijuana originally came from areas with a colder climate and a mountainous landscape. It usually stays under six feet in height, with dense, wide leaves and a robust strength that appeals to growers. Indica is associated with relaxation and often used as a sleep aid. It produces a “body” high that helps with pain management. Most indica strains contain a higher level of CBD than sativa, which helps create the body-relaxing properties it is known for.

King Louis XIII

This indica-dominant strain is named after French royalty for its fragrant, spiced smell. It typically has a THC content of more than 20% and is recommended for insomnia. It’s known for creating total relaxation, along with sleepiness and a positive mood.

Skywalker OG

This strain is a blend of the indica strain Skywalker and hybrid OG Kush, to create a potent indica-dominant that ensures stress relief. THC levels are high, ranging from 18% to 30%. It creates a very sleepy effect that relaxes and numbs the body as well as the mind.

Pot of Gold

This indica strain has Dutch origins and produces sticky buds that you’ll need a grinder to break up. It typically has about 15% THC content. It gives users powerful physical relaxation and euphoria, making it perfect for dealing with insomnia or pain.

Effects of Sativa Strains

Sativa is a thin, spidery-looking plant that climbs heights up to 12 feet and does well outdoors. Sativa originated in warm regions near the equator. The leaves are narrower and thinner than indica leaves. It’s generally known to produce an upbeat, energetic high that is better for socializing. Sativas have a high level of THC, which is the main difference between indica and sativa. People often refer to sativa as creating a “mental” high. These strains can reduce stress by creating a positive mood. They contain high levels of myrcene, which has sedative and pain-relieving effects.

Strawberry Cough

This sativa-dominant has a strawberry flavor and produces a relaxing, euphoric high that lasts up to four hours. The THC content ranges from 15% to 20%. It encourages creative thinking and discussion while reducing stress and anxious feelings.


This strain is named for a faint fruity taste, and first became established back in the 1960s. It creates a very upbeat high that leaves you with positive, calm feelings that help cancel out anxiety and lingering stress. It has a THC content of about 20%. Prepare snacks before you settle in for this cheerful high, and be aware of its potential as a sedative, when used in high doses.

Legend OG

This Acres-grown strain has a calming effect, and it helps users relax, leaving them giggly, euphoric, and a little sleepy. The THC content is at about 24%, and it has a citrus, fruity flavor. The high typically starts with a mood boost and tapers off into a more sedating effect that may cause you to fall asleep.

Best Strains for Stress in Las Vegas

If you’re looking for ways to relax and reduce stress, give Acres Cannabis a try. Contact us to learn more about our dispensary, or visit one of our locations in person and talk to one of our expert staff members about the sativa and indica strains we have available.

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